Beware .....The spiders are getting bigger !

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by Ron Goldstein, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    My wife just said to me "Have you seen that spider on the car's front wheel ?"

    I had one look and then went back in the house for my camera.

    He was a big bugger.... I reckon about 2" in length overall (I can't do metric !) and he had just bundled up his latest victim.

    I managed to get about about ten shots of him before I detached the web from the offside front wheel and he scurried back to the nearby rosebush from where he had slung a line and started his web.

    Just enlarge the pic & have look at his bloody great eyes ! o_O
     

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  2. blacksnake

    blacksnake As old as I feel.

    That IS a biggun that Ron. Thanks for making the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! :mellow:
     
  3. MyOldDad

    MyOldDad Senior Member

  4. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    Tom
    Hi Ron,
    Nice photo but I think 'he' could be a 'she'!


    I can see my education has been sadly neglected :(

    No one ever taught me how to determine the sex of a spider :)

    I'm sure you are quite right however and the picture from Wiki certainly looked like "her" !

    Regards

    Ron
     
  5. Phaethon

    Phaethon Historian

    You should see my house. Its like a scene from bloody starship troopers.

    Actually its funny you should post this, I've just done ten rounds with one of the buggers about five seconds ago. Can't stand the things....
     
  6. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    This was taken ten minutes ago as the missus tackles the hedge in the garden.
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  7. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    No one ever taught me how to determine the sex of a spider :)



    Usually only important if you're a spider, in particular a male.

    Once had a big bugger in the house, I could hear it walk on the wall. I usually escort them outside, but they probably come back in. Fascinating things, they have blood based on copper rather than iron and hydraulic legs.
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  9. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    He was a big bugger.... I reckon about 2" in length overall (I can't do metric !) and he had just bundled up his latest victim.

    Just enlarge the pic & have look at his bloody great eyes ! o_O

    a) say about 5cm :)

    b) what eyes, you're showing us the beast's backside :lol:
     
  10. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    what eyes, you're showing us the beast's backside :lol:

    Actually on the photo is spider's underside (but still without eyes)
     
  11. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    This was taken ten minutes ago as the missus tackles the hedge in the garden.
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    Craig,

    I wouln't like that one to get in our house. If the children saw that they would freek out as it is bad enough with smaller ones.

    I am the spider removal person in our house as all four females in our house are scared stiff of them.

    I just have to get on with it and give them the all clear;)

    Regards
    Tom
     
  12. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Underside yes, but from behind :)
     
  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Why are people scared of spiders?
    I never get it; if we lived in the lands of the Camel-spider I could maybe understand it, but every British Spider I ever met was either smaller than my boot or easily picked up and moved elsewhere if persistently annoying.

    I used to know an RAF EOD chap that would spend his working day cheerfully removing 90 year old Mustard gas shells, or driving landrovers full of cooking off ammunition, but would scream like a small girl if a Spider scuttled near him.

    All most peculiar.
    Inherited fear? As everyone I know that's scared of 'em also has parents that freak out at the sight of eight legs.
     
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  14. JackW

    JackW Member

    One I found in 2008, which was humanely removed using the glass and card method.
    When the photo was shown to the female of the house, the response was the same as seeing it live!!!

    Jack.
     

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  15. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Craig,

    I wouln't like that one to get in our house. If the children saw that they would freek out as it is bad enough with smaller ones.

    I am the spider removal person in our house as all four females in our house are scared stiff of them.

    I just have to get on with it and give them the all clear;)

    Regards
    Tom

    There was two of them Tom and they are the biggest I've seen for a while.
    It's the time of the year when they start coming into the house.
     
  16. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    I have a intense hatred for all kinds of insects, spiders and locusts in particular! I get physically sick at the sight of them!

    What puzzles me is that I am mad about seafood, especially crustaceans which include shrimp, lobster, crab, etc. As a shrimp is not much more than a watery grasshopper I can't understand the contradiction. Must be an atavism.
     
  17. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial

    Women, my wife included, often talk about having that kind, caring sensitive man.

    Except, this is, when a spider, centipede, rodent, bat or other such vermin enter the house. At that point they simply want a natural born killer!
    :smash:

    It seem that 50% of the population are deathly afraid of spiders. For the other half, it's snakes.

    :Nessie:
     
  18. craigevelyn

    craigevelyn Member

    It,s easy to sex a spider .
    The females have their mouth,s open .
     
  19. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I have a intense hatred for all kinds of insects, spiders and locusts in particular! I get physically sick at the sight of them!

    What puzzles me is that I am mad about seafood, especially crustaceans which include shrimp, lobster, crab, etc. As a shrimp is not much more than a watery grasshopper I can't understand the contradiction. Must be an atavism.

    'Sea Bugs' I call 'em.
    So you wouldn't fancy a Locust Taco then?
    [​IMG]

    I don't think I buy the atavastic thing, unless it's perhaps related to some time when there were more genuinely poisonous Spiders.
    Makes me wonder if it's a more modern fear based on horrific depictions of 'things under the bed' in films, books etc. Perhaps Bosch & his paintings have much to answer for...

    Unless of course, the scared used to be a Fly, but that might mean you have to be Buddhist too in order to feel the fear. :unsure:
     
  20. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    I quite like spiders

    but there again perhaps im quite strange
     

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